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Article \ 6 Oct 2023
How is traditional Māori knowledge recognised within New Zealand’s IP…
Mātauranga Māori is a term that appears in government policy and is apparent in Treaty Claims and some legislation. Here we consider how certain New Zealand intellectual property laws expressly recognise and respect aspects of Māori culture and traditional knowledge, and what additional steps could be taken to further protect taonga works and mātauranga Māori from inappropriate or offensive use by third parties.
Article \ 28 Jul 2023
Ten tips to evergreen your IP position
A strong and robust intellectual property (IP) position for your product innovation requires a proactive and adaptive approach. All too often, we see IP owners grapple with expiring IP and panic to maintain their competitive position in markets.
Article \ 13 Dec 2022
About thyme - New Plant Variety Rights Act blooms in…
The long-debated Plant Variety Rights (PVR) Bill received royal assent on 18 November 2022, becoming the Plant Variety Rights Act 2022.
Article \ 22 Jul 2021
MBIE opens consultation on Plant Variety Rights regulations and fees
As part of the review of the Plant Variety Rights (PVR) Act 1987, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has…
Article \ 25 Jun 2021
New Plant Variety Rights Bill introduced to Parliament
In New Zealand, plant variety rights are protected by the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987. This Act is now over 30 years…
Article \ 20 Aug 2020
Changes to IP Australia’s fees to commence on 1 October…
In 2019-2020, IP Australia undertook a review of its fees. IP Australia invited public comment on its fees and fee structure, receiving…
Article \ 8 Jul 2020
An update on New Zealand’s Plant Variety Rights Act review
At the end of 2019, the Cabinet paper for the Plant Variety Rights (PVR) Act review was released. This paper sets out…
Article \ 23 Apr 2020
Intellectual property amidst the COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 crisis is having adverse effects on businesses globally, and New Zealand’s lockdown policies have required everyone to adapt rapidly to…